The New York Jets placed tight end Eric Tomlinson on injured reserve Thursday with one game left to play in the season. The move appeared to be the sort of end-of-season housecleaning that many non-contending teams use to fill out their active roster for the final game of the season, but then, well, we found out how Tomlinson got injured.
Tomlinson received his season-ending injury by dropping a weight on his foot in the weight room and lacerating two toes, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. The injury was reportedly serious enough to require surgery.
TE Eric Tomlinson dropped a weight on his foot in the weight room yesterday after practice, lacerated two toes and underwent surgery. Thus, he was placed on IR. That kind of year for the #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 27, 2018
Tomlinson wasn’t a flashy part for the Jets as a blocking tight end, finishing the season with 72 receiving yards, but his injury is a fitting end for a 4-11 team that is scheduled to face the first-place New England Patriots in Week 17.
The Jets were clearly hoping to cast aside their ignominious reputation this year with the drafting of Sam Darnold, but the 21-year-old quarterback missed significant time with a foot injury and clearly needs some more seasoning after leading the league with 15 interceptions. A supporting cast that finished in the bottom 10 in the NFL in rushing yards and total defense wasn’t enough to make up for that.
Because of all that, the Jets are currently on pace to finish last in the AFC East for a third straight season and endure even more time as the team everyone loves to dump on.
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